John Foran is professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a co-founder of the Climate Justice Project [www.climatejusticeproject.org] and of the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory [www.iicat.org]. He is the author of Fragile Resistance: Social Transformation in Iran from 1500 to the Revolution (1993) and Taking Power: On the Origins of Third World Revolutions (2005). A member of System Change Not Climate Change, the Green Party of California, and 350.org, he now studies movements for radical social change in the 21st century, with special focus on the global climate justice movement.
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Twelve: The Best Climate Justice Movies and Videos of the Year
By John Foran, Resilience.org
Novels, short stories, photos, art, music, and performance are just a few of the ways we are telling and intend to tell more of the stories of climate justice around the world. This last essay explores the power of another medium for telling stories, and presents some of the most compelling recent film and video work that tells us on some profound plane of existence what we must do about the huge problems we face.
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Eleven: The Search for a New Form of Politics (with a surprise ending)
By John Foran, Resilience.org
So below I offer my own thoughts on how to move closer to the worlds we want, based on much comparative reflection on the stories of people everywhere who have acted in the name of radical social change, which for me, means something like “deep transformation of a society"...
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Ten: Being(s) Fully Alive: The New Science of Enlivenment and the Struggle for Climate Justice
By John Foran, Andreas Weber, Hildegard Kurt, Resilience.org
Linking science and spirituality more closely to our own and others’ worlds, and seeing these entangled worlds through the lens of poetic objectivity is challenging – and humbling – stuff.
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Nine: The Simple Logic of the End of Fossil Fuels (Again)
By John Foran, Staff, Oil Change International
Following in these footsteps, and standing on their shoulders, what this next piece, collectively authored under the auspices of Oil Change International and its allies, does beautifully – starting with its clever title – is present an open and shut case that what the world needs now (besides love) is to leave the coal in the hole, the oil in the soil, the tar sand in the land, and the gas [use your imagination to fill in this rhyme]. It lays bare the logic behind Blockadia‘s attempts to stop every pipeline, railway, port, refinery, seafaring oil rig, mountaintop strip mine, fossil-fueled power station – and so much more.
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Eight: Trumpism – The Dirty, Ugly Reality (with a coda on the antidote!)
By John Foran, N.D.B. Connolly, Keisha N. Blain, Van Jones
So much has been written already about Donald Trump, the election of 2016, and the horrors that surely lie ahead of us, that it is impossible to single out just one piece to focus hearts and minds. Therefore, taking the long view – and why not? Heaven help us if it’s a day more than four years – here is some of the deep background that you might want to explore on those long winter nights that try our souls.
By John Foran, Naomi Klein, Resilience.org
The Leap is a manifesto that aspires to spark and inform a movement. I was one of hundreds who attended a meeting where it was presented to a global audience at COP 21 in Paris in December of 2015. There was real enthusiasm in a room of intergenerationals, much of it for a chance to hear Klein and her husband Avi Lewis, whose film based on the book, and is also titled This Changes Everything, had just been released.
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Five: The Radical Intersectionality of Black Lives Matter
By John Foran, Staff, Black Lives Matter, Resilience.org
Before there was indigenous resistance at Standing Rock, there was Black Lives Matter (and before that, Occupy, and before that the Zapatistas, and before that, May ‘68… and at the bottom of everything, there’s a turtle standing on an island).
By John Foran, Bill McKibben, Ezra Silk
The two statements – Ezra Silk of the Climate Mobilization’s 100-plus page Victory Plan and Bill McKibben’s essay “A World at War” – have led to a healthy and vigorous debate about these ideas and their potential to play a role in the US response to the greatest global challenge of the 21st century.